Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
As the production process grew longer and longer, producers grew worried that Akira Kurosawa was spending too much on the film. As a result, production was closed down "at least twice." Instead of arguing, Kurosawa simply left to go fishing, believing that the studio had already invested so much money into the film that they wouldn't simply scrap it. He was right.
We'll take this place next.
Bandit Chief: We took it last autumn. They haven't got anything worth taking yet. Let's wait.
When the samurai are giving battle advice to the peasants, who sit around them forming a circle, the camera does a rather wide circle shot of them. You can see the dolly track behind the seated peasants.
Initial Japanese release at 206 minutes plus intermission. Initial U.S.A. release as 'The Magnificent Seven' in November, 1956, with English subtitles, running time 158 minutes. Landmark Films U.S.A. release in December 1982, running time 203 minutes. Later U.S.A. releases by Avco-Embassy Pictures, Janus Films, and Films Incorporated, running time 208 minutes. Home video version running time 206 minutes.
$21,830 (USA) (1 September 2002)
$269,061 (USA) (31 August 2003)
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